• "Amazing setting, lovely people, great mix of music & a real ale tent right next to where I was DJing!"  - Mr Scruff

  • "Run to the hills for this small, family-friendly indie-dance festival. Small but beautifully formed"  - The Independent

  • Best Medium Festival 2013 & 2016 Best Small Festival 2010 & 2011, Best Toilets 2015!

  • "It's like Glastonbury at its best!! Happy beautiful people from the north. Long live Kendal Calling!"  - Doves

  • "Kendal Calling is the best small festival in anywhere and everywhere!"  - Seasick Steve

  • "I loved Kendal Calling!"  - Mark Chadwick, The Levellers

  • "It's unlike any other festival. One of the highlights of summer!"  - The Charlatans

  • "Kendal Calling is loved as much for its breathtaking setting in rolling green fields as for its top-notch lineup"  - Sunday Times

New for 2017!


We’re nearly a month away from our 12th year at Lowther Deer Park and what is hoping to be the best Kendal Calling yet! Whilst we’re beavering away getting the finishing pieces done, we thought we’d let you into a little secret of what’s brand new for this year.

Campers can enjoy the comfort of bringing their belongings knowing that when they turn up, their tent is pre-pitched with our new Tangerine Fields dome tents. The only thing that’s left to crack out is the drinks! If this sounds like bliss to you, we’ve still got a limited amount left so be quick HERE. Our pre-pitched dome tents will be located within our standard campsite with one of the best views – which can be home to any others that want to pitch up their own tent nearby in the same field. Look out for a map in our customer information packs being sent to you soon. 

New for 2017, we open up another part of the Deer Park for exploration by Jagerhaus and plenty more. This will be home to our tranquil Garden of Eden, family classics and late night showings in our Cinema tent, the freshest, upcoming talent in our Jagerhaus and brand new Gypsy Caravan Theatre! Take the whole family to Gypsy Caravan Theatre, and get involved to become a theatre company for a day, crafting your own weird and wonderful productions with puppets, scripts and set designs.

In amongst our notorious Lost Eden, find yourself deep within the woods and immerse yourself with awe-inspiring installations, alongside our Kraken Freaky Tiki Bar! Step inside their sub-sea underworld and kick back in the Kraken’s lair to sample signature drinks, classic cocktails and everything in between. As day turns to night, we’ll be unleashing the spirit of the Kraken with DJ’s and live music thrown in for good measure. Get your best Freaky Tiki face on for a chance to win some bounty and don’t miss the ‘Awakening of the Kraken’ every night.

Don’t forget to make sure you’re ready to go on the greatest adventure with our ‘Into The Wild’ theme during the weekend. Starting at 2PM on the Saturday, get your best wild attire and join us for a migration of mammals, mythical beasts, and flying creatures with our Wild Parade;  starting at 2PM outside the cinema tent. Let out your inner animal at KC17 and discover the uniquely tropical ecosystem in the Lowther Deer Park.



Announcing arts in Lost Eden and Carvetti!


Announcing our incredible arts line-up for Lost Eden, and new additions to the music line-up for Carvetti!

Set deep within the stunning woodlands at Kendal Calling we bring you our immersive and captivating arts line-up for Lost Eden. Get lost within stunning installations featuring The North Stars, giant, glistening stars guiding you through the woods, or see it come alive with light and sound with Ithaca, join Colony with large, tactile, sonic sculptures allowing you to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging, and watch live art appear before your eyes with Snake Oil. Don’t miss wandering walkabout performances from legendary brass band Baghdaddies, who will be leading our very own ‘Into The Wild’ parade Saturday 2pm – be there in your best explorer, adventurer or animal costumes with your pack, squad, or gaggle of friends! 

Brand new for 2017, we bring you a new area for Lost Eden ‘The Kraken Rum​ Freaky Tiki Bar‘; a rum fuelled tiki bar with it’s very own late night firepit and electronic DJs! Find out more HERE.

Discover what’s new with Carvetti, featuring performances from poet Tony WalshThe Unsung​, Ponyland​, ARGH KiD​, Electric Pyramid​, Baghdaddies​, JB Barrington​, Paradaeis​, Cal Rush-Williams Music​, mylittlebrother​, Merigot Boost Sound​ and more! 

Our full Carvetti line-up can be found here


Safer Space At Festivals


We are supporting the Association of Independent Festivals campaign in raising awareness around sexual assault at festivals. 

We want to reiterate the zero tolerance policy we have on this subject matter and we want all festival-goers to feel safe at Kendal Calling. For the next 24 hours we’ll be raising awareness via our social media channels. 

Find out more here. #saferspaceatfestivals  

2018 Ticket News!


Dear Kendal Callers,

Our monthly payment plans have proved extremely popular over the few years and so we thought, why not get a head start for next year?


Those of you who can’t join us in the fields this year have a chance to right that wrong, or even those of you coming this year can get in on 2018 tickets before this year’s festival even commences! Start this month, and your payments will be spread over 15 months, bringing the monthly instalment down to just £8.93 including booking fee to guarantee your place in the fields for 2018!


These will be payment plan only tickets to take advantage of spreading the cost over 15 months rather than the normal 10, and so buy outright tickets will go on sale in August as normal.


The 2018 payment plan tickets are onsale here.


See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC team x

British Sea Power, Feeder, DMA’s, & lots more including comedy geniuses added to our line-up!


We are thrilled to announce a multitude of amazing artists and comic geniuses to our ever-expanding line-up. 

Joining us on the Main Stage are Cumbrian heroes and Kendal Calling mainstays British Sea Power (who played the first every Kendal Calling back in 2006!), Welsh rockers Feeder –be sure of a standout sing-along standout – and Aussie Britpop fantatics DMAs who will be bringing their 90s revivalism to the fields.

Forever championing upcoming talent, on our Calling Out stage we will be welcoming Redfaces, MarthaGunn, Catherine McGrath, The Rhythm Method, Outlya, Maruja, Colonel Mustard And The Dijon 5, Dead!, Off Bloom, Little Hours, Larkins, Moses, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS and The Snuts. 

Wanting to explore outside of our vast musical lineup? Then why not check out our side-splitting Soapbox Comedy Stage, home to some of the best comedians to grace the planet, and who will have you belly laughing for days!

Featuring names like Canadian comics Tony Law and Tom Stade, familiar face of tv comedy James Acaster and acclaimed Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss alongside Rob Deering’s ‘Beat This’, John Kearns, Danny McLoughlin, Garrett Millerick, Katie Mulgrew, Chris Washington, Mark Olver, Jen Brister, Julian Deane, Last Man Standing, Adam Rowe, Gareth Waugh, Pete Otway, Tom Taylor, David Morgan, Paul McCaffrey, Dan Nightingale, Kiri Pritchard Mclean, Mark Nelson, Thom Foole’s House Party, Harriet Dyer, Allyson June Smith and Lou Conran, there are huge laughs to be had all weekend.


Check out our full line-up to date here.

We look forward to seeing you in the fields!x

‘Kendal Calling Goes Into The Wild!’ in support of Cumbria Wildlife Trust!

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Get ready for the greatest adventure of the summer as this year’s theme is ‘Kendal Calling Goes Into The Wild!’ 


We’ll be bringing the African Serengeti and the Jungles of Brazil to the beautiful fields of Lowther Deer Park for one truly wild weekend. Let out your inner animal and bring your pack, squad, gaggle or herd to discover the uniquely tropical ecosystem that is Kendal Calling! Explore deep in the woods with your little cubs and scout out the best music, grub and entertainment we’ve got.


Kendal Calling is delighted to present the Into the Wild Parade: a beasts-fuelled, epic migration of mammals, mythical beasts and flying creatures. Headed up by the well-loved and inimitable Baghdaddies, wandering brass troubadours with a flair for ska and a healthy dose of flamboyance, and joined by dragons, praying mantis and other surprise guests—the Into the Wilds Parade promises another life-affirming shimmy-shake across the fields. Wild things are asked to assemble for the parade at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, outside the cinema tent. 

Now that we’ve let the hat (and furry ears) out of the bag, it is time to begin plotting your Into the Wilds armour: will your costume take inspiration from the wild skies, the impenetrable forest, or the concrete jungle? Will your wild alter-ego come from the present, past or the future? We expect nothing less than the fanciest of footwork from all creatures great and small.

Live on the wild side and become one with nature at KC17! 


Throughout the festival and in keeping with the truly wild theme, Kendal Calling will be supporting Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Donations can be made at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/KC17


See you in the fields!x

Presenting! ‘Lancashire Land’


This area not only provides a home from home for any Lancastrian missing their home county but also a place for those to get more acquainted with one of the North’s most cherished land masses. 

There will be a wealth of traditional Lancastrian activities daily including:

Shopmobility scooter racing (mud permitting).
Chippy ‘Tea off’ mini golf.
Sausage rolling (store-bought sausage rolls prohibited).
Fred Dibnah Chimney Jenga for the kiddies.
Relaxing lard messages to soothe away festival aches and pains.
Gravy wrestling.

As a show of good faith, those travelling from Yorkshire are invited to join in on activities on the condition they are vouched for by two Lancastrian’s of good standing. 

See you in the fields!

Two Brit Awards – well deserved Rag ‘n’ Bone Man!


HUGE congratulations to hip-hop bluesman Rag ‘n’ Bone man on winning not one, but TWO Brit Awards, scooping ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ and ‘The Brits Critics Choice winner for 2017’.

Having been a prolific underground name for a couple of years, honing a ferocious live reputation through guitar wielding solo performances, Rag ‘n’ Bone first performed in the fields in 2014 on our Chai Wallah stage, making a monumental return in 2016 on our Main Stage.

His hit soul ballad Human has been making huge waves in the UK Chart, with his success set to soar!

We look to seeing what 2017 has in store for Rag ‘n’ Bone man!

Andy, Ben & the KC team x

Enter to get a slot at Kendal Calling 2017!


Calling all students bands!

We’ve joined forces with Manchester’s Arndale Centre to bring you yet another amazing opportunity to get yourselves involved in one of the biggest years of Kendal Calling yet. Submit a short video for the chance to secure a slot on the line-up this year, as well as an exclusive recording session at Manchester’s Blueprint Studios. Get your music heard by an industry panel of established music professionals, alongside a chance to perform in a battle of the bands style gig where the audience will give their verdict to decide if you’ll be joining us at Lowther Deer Park. If you’re an up and coming band we want you!

Apply HERE before 20th March.

Making our fields greener with Energy Revolution!


Climate change is an issue that The KC Team take seriously when it comes to organising our event, which is why we are a founding member of Energy Revolution.

Last year we teamed up with Energy Revolution once again, in order to help keep our fields greener!

Audience travel makes up around 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint. Energy Revolution looks to account for millions of miles of travel, and turn a problem into a solution – renewable energy is the best chance we have to reduce global emissions to safe levels. 100% of the donations go directly towards producing clean and renewable energy forever, replacing dirty fossil fuels with wind and solar power.

In order to do that we asked you, our favourite festival goers, for some donations. Together we raised a massive £1,590 which will turn 102,996 miles of travel to Kendal Calling into clean renewable energy. That’s 31,800 kg of CO2e that you’ll be balancing, helping to replace fossil fuels and create a brighter, better future for all of us.

We wanted to share the fantastic news and also say a massive THANK YOU to you all for helping to tackle this problem.

See you in the (now greener) fields! 

Lost Eden Commissions – Apply Today!


Our Lost Eden area is back for 2017 and we will be offering nine commissions.

Want to see your commission at Kendal 2017? Apply today here.

Application Deadline – 3rd April 2017.

Application guidelines can be found here: Lost Eden Call for Commissions 2017

More about Lost Eden….

Launched in 2015, Lost Eden is an immersive arena for arts and culture set within stunning woodland on the Kendal Calling site. Inspired by the folklore of the Eden Valley, Cumbria, the space features multiple stages, intriguing installations and walkabout performances. There is a focus on night-time sculpture and light art installations in the area, which comes alive after 8pm.

Over the last two years, Lost Eden has commissioned a variety of brand new artworks, including Bird Hive VR to the Mechanical Heart by Felicity Jones and the Umbrella Tree by Tim Hill and Dave Young (Rag and Bone).


Kendal Calling Google Virtual Tour!


Kendal Calling is the first festival to go virtual in Google Maps! Tour.Media and Google Street View have captured the entire festival allowing anyone with an internet connection to take a simulated walk around the site.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to perform in front of thousands of people then just hop on the main stage with the Sugar Hill Gang or discover where the VIP’s hang out BY simply walking past security.

Anyone can navigate through the festival by going onto the Kendal Calling website and clicking the Google virtual tour tab then simply use the navigational arrows to move around the festival.

Take a look around and find the FIVE stag heads hidden around the festival! Head over to our Twitter page for clues and be the first to win a pair of tickets for KC17!


Kendal Calling 2017 is SOLD OUT!



The team are truly humbled by the reaction to this year’s line up and we’d like to thank everyone who has bought tickets to make this our 12th successive sell out!

We’ll be keeping our heads down over the next 6 months working hard to make this the best festival possible. We have a lot more amazing artists and field based antics still to announce so keep your eyes peeled!

For those who missed out on tickets, subscribe below to  the resale list and for our recommendations on alternative festivals and we look forward to partying with you in the future.

See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC team x

A Big Thank You!


Ladies and gentleman of the fields, we are completely overwhelmed and hugely delighted to the response to this year’s lineup. Our 12th year in the fields and we are very nearly sold out of general admission tickets. Now, ticketing forecasts is not an exact science but we think it’s fair to assume the last of the tickets will be gone a week from now. Our final tickets can be bought here


The love shown for the festival from you is humbling.


More artists to be announced very soon, starting with Tim Peaks and Houseparty later this week!


See you in the fields! 


Andy, Ben & the KC team x

First acts announced for KC17!


After a massive year in 2016, we’re super excited to get back in the fields for our 12th and biggest party yet in the Lake District with no less than 6 headliners!

Joining us at KC17….

We’re happy to reveal Stereophonics will be bringing their finest indie rock to Lowther Deer Park, alongside Welsh trio Manic Street Preachers who have spent the last 30 years(!) making some of the most vital and politically charged, yet no less anthem, music to ever come out of the uk! Brush up on those modern rock hits with Scottish legends Franz Ferdinand and get ready for what will sure to be a memorable sing-a-long with Tinie Tempah, Frank Turner and Editors. Jake Bugg will be gracing our Kendal Calling Main Stage armed with indie pop jams, whilst due to phenomenal public demand in the UK, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson presents ‘Pet Sounds’ in its entirety plus his greatest hits with Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

Joining the headliners for 2017, we bring you indie rock sensation Circa Waves, London MC Lethal Bizzle and psych-rock band The Coral, with raucous duo Slaves, fresh from their debut Blaenavon, Loyle Carner, Kate Nash, and Kendal Calling favourites The Lancashire Hotpots. Bringing his soft, acoustic tones Seasick Steve, indie quartet Frightened Rabbit and Scottish dream team Honeyblood.

Kickstarting 2017 in Glow we have Example alongside both Jungle DJing and Faithless spinning some records too. House hero Tom Zanetti, will join My Nu Leng, The Streets frontman Mike Skinner and TDQ in the tent over the weekend, with many more still to be announced!

For those wanting something a bit different, we bring you Mexican musicians covering Morrissey hits ‘Mexrrissey’, London African Gospel Choir singing Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ and Beatlemania celebrating 50 years of SGT Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club.

No matter where you are in the fields, there’s bound to be something for you, and this is just the beginning! Keep your eyes pealed on our Facebook, Twitter and website where we’ll be announcing more acts in the coming weeks. The countdown begins to KC17!

Full lineup so far HERE

Tickets will be on sale TOMORROW at 10am via this link: http://po.st/KC17Tickets See you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x

Kendal Calling: Where Are They Now?


With Kendal Calling fast approaching its twelfth event, we thought it would be nice to take a look back over our past lineups and see how some of the acts have fared since appearing on our stages.

In the first edition, we take a look back at those who first played between the years of our very first event in 2006 and 2010.


British Sea Power


Appearing with us in front of 900 people as they closed our first ever festival, British Sea Power are one of Kendal Calling’s more frequent guests. They have since been back in 2008, 2010, 2013 & 2015 and will no doubt visit Lowther Deer Park again in the future. In the time since that first appearance, the Kendal band have released 7 albums and release their crowd-funded 8th, ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’, on March 31st.



Back in 2007 when the band was only two years old and didn’t even have an album to their name, they came to entertain at our second event. In the ten years that have followed, the Oxford five-piece have become one of the UK’s biggest bands – releasing four albums, being nominated twice for a Mercury Music prize,  nominated for Best British Band at the Brits, winning a number of awards for their live show plus headlined the likes of Reading & Leeds, Bilbao BBK and Benicassim. Well done boys!

Wild Beasts

After their set at our second event, we invited this Kendal born band back to our fields in 2010. At the time, they were touring in support of their second album, the brilliant, Mercury Prize nominated, ‘Two Dancers’. Since then, the four-piece have gone on to release three more records, the brilliant ‘Boy King’ being their most recent.


Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets are one of those acts who, after you see them live, leave you baffled at how they aren’t bigger than they are! We invited the band back in 2013, by which time they had 5 records under their belts. In January of last year they went on to release their 6th, the very good ‘Curve of the Earth’. Give it a listen if you haven’t already!


Frank Turner

2009 was the First time that Frank played for us before he returned once more in 2011 and then again in 2014 to headline our event. In that time Turner got to put out a few more records, increased his profile and performed in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics! Currently, after recently hitting the 2000th live show, Frank is, as expected, out on the road again. Here’s to 2000 more!

Kate Tempest


Kate Tempest is a great example of hard work paying off. Her 2014 Mercury Prize nomination for her debut record, ‘Everybody Down’, helped her to receive the attention that she had been deserving for so long. Kate would return to us in 2015 and the release of her second record has seen her popularity grow further, having recently sold out the likes of the O2 Ritz in Manchester.

Mumford & Sons

We got to welcome Mumford & Sons to our stage in the very early days of the band. At that time, they had only recently purchased instruments for themselves, having recorded their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ – which came out a couple of months after the Kendal appearance – using the equipment in the studio. The release of their second record ‘Babel’ helped propel the band to world fame, which was further established with the release of their third in 2015.


Calvin Harris

His performance at our 2010 event would be one of his last as the lead vocalist of a band. At the time, Calvin Harris was one of the UK’s biggest acts but now he is arguably the biggest EDM artist in the world. After becoming a DJ full time, Harris rose to prominence in 2011 following a European and Australian tour with Rihanna which led to the duo working on a couple of tracks together, most notably, ‘We Found Love’.  His many collaborations and two records since the KC set has led to Harris currently being the highest paid EDM act around. Not too shabby!


4 years after ‘that’ Treadmill video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ (which had 52m views before the band removed it and won them a Grammy) the US act came to visit us. It was a memorable set that featured dancing Smurfs, Stormtroopers and mimes. As for now, they have only released one more album since their performance at Lowther Deer Park, but they are still making music videos that gets everybody talking.

Michael Kiwanuka


We managed to snag Michael Kiwanuka at a very early stage in his career playing on, what was, our Kaylied Stage (now Calling Out) . He has since gone on to win the BBC Sound of award in 2012 and release two critically acclaimed records.

First Aid Kit

The Swedish sisters headlined our Kaylied Stage on the Friday night in 2010, a few months after the release of their debut record. From then, their stature has grown considerably and they now have three albums to their name. They also very recently teased the fact that they’ve gone into the studio to record album #4.

Keep your eyes peeled for our second edition and our 2017 lineup coming soon!

Ben, Andy & The KC Team x

Kendal Calling Ticket News!


A brand new year is upon us and with some very exciting #KC17 plans shaping up rather nicely we cannot wait to be back in the beautiful Deer Park in the Lake District once again.

 With only 207 days (and counting!) to go, it can’t come soon enough! Tickets are currently on sale priced at £135 outright or just £25 per month on our payment plan.

Just think a Kendal Calling ticket is all you need to banish the January blues! :) 

 Tickets are selling extremely fast and we expect this tier of tickets to be sold out in the next couple of weeks, at which point ticket won’t be available until the line-up is revealed!

With the capacity of Kendal Calling not increasing this year, we can guarantee you’ll have lots of fun in the fields, while not spending hours queuing at a bar, which we might add stocks our very own Kendal Calling beer! With lots of activities and attractions for all the family, 12 performance stages, a wonderful Woodlands area plus fantastic artists performing, #KC17 should definitely be date you need to pop in your new 2017 diary (27th – 31st July).

Kendal Calling is all about great times, great entertainment and great friends. We look forward to seeing you in the fields!

 Andy, Ben & The KC Team.

Christmas release tickets on-sale!



Christmas release tickets for #KC17 are now on-sale at just £21.43 per month or £135 outright. Kendal Calling is selling quicker than ever this year so don’t dilly dally!

These will come with a Kendal Calling Christmas card arriving just in time for Christmas so you can pop in a loved ones stocking!

Grab a ticket today, and we’ll #seeyouinthefields!  

We’ve won ‘Best Medium Festival’ in the UK Festival Awards!


We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that voted for Kendal Calling. It’s such an honour to once again be named as the ‘Best Medium’ Festival in the UK Festival Awards!

We can’t wait to be back in the fields in 2017 helping to create many more memories! 




Play at Kendal Calling 2017!


Calling all bands and artists who are interested in playing at Kendal Calling 2017!

We’ve teamed up with Music Glue to bring you our artist application. Just click on the link to apply and you could be joining us in Lowther Deer Park next summer playing. 


Deer Lodge is now on sale!

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Stay in style at Kendal Calling 2017 in the Deer Lodge!

We have a range of accommodation structures allowing you to camp under the stars in style and comfort. Take your pick today!

Deer Lodge always sells out super quick, so we’d advise purchasing early to avoid any disappointment.

You will have access to the following, included with your boutique camping:

Free car parking, clean enviro loos, free hot showers, a dedicated concierge to look after you during your stay.

*Those with a Thursday ticket can stay for in their accommodation from 9am Thursday*

**Please note prices do not include your festival ticket**

We’ve been nominated in the UK Festival Awards!

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for not one, not two, but THREE awards in the UK Festival Awards.

We need your help by voting for us in the below categories here. Let’s round off the best Kendal Calling yet, by helping us win an award.

Without your amazing support, Kendal Calling wouldn’t have become the festival it has become today, so we wanted to say a big THANK YOU!

Best Medium Festival,
Best Family Festival,
Best Toilets,

Ps. By voting you could be in with the chance of winning the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw to win a pair of Isolate Ear Protectors + 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award.

Tickets for Kendal Calling 2017 are on sale – grab one today and we’ll see you in the fields!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Earlybird tickets now on-sale from £11.82 pm or £115 outright!

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Join us in the fields in 2017 as earlybird tickets go on-sale from just £11.82 pm or £115 outright, here!

Early-bird monthly payment plan tickets are £11.83 (£115 outright) and once sold out will go to release two £12.73 (£125 outright) then release three at £13.18 (£130 outright).

Emperors Fields, Live in vehicles, child tickets and more available now. Deer Lodge will be on-sale in the coming days.

See you in the fields in 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Kendal Calling Merchandise Store!


Missed out on the chance to take home Kendal Calling merchandise? From hoodies and t-shirts, to copies of our Kendal Calling magazine, take a look at our store today to grab a bargain before it’s too late.

Happy Shopping!

Dates & Ticket news for 2017


We are still reminiscing over this years marvellous memories you’ve made yet we’re already looking forward to 2017. Only 51 weeks to go! Kendal Calling will take place 27-30th of July 2017 in Lowther Deer Park, the beautiful Lake District.

We will be keeping the prices the same as 2015/2016; Earlybird tickets will be on-sale from 9am Tuesday morning at £11.83 per month or £115 outright.

Tickets will be available here, via the ticket page.

See you in the fields next year,

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x


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People often ask if we ever imagined that Kendal Calling would become the hive of music, arts, comedy and mayhem in the fields it is today.

Truth is when we started out back in 2006 as a gang of music loving festival goers we only hoped that there would be enough people out there just like us who wanted an annual shindig in the Lake District scenery.

It turned out there were more than a few people who were excited about the fields of Cumbria being bought to life with music and arts festival.

And it’s all those people we would like to thank from the very bottom of our hearts. We have the same small gang of us working to bring you Kendal Calling each year, but without the love care and attention brought by the now hundreds of additional crew, caterers, market stalls, volunteers, artists, technicians, stewards, gate staff, security, designers, promotions teams, bar staff, estate staff, local farmers, local residents, council representatives, police, St Johns, welfare, Samaritans, friends, family and so many more people involved there would be no Kendal Calling as we know it.

We salute everyone who is involved in putting together the event this year and who has played a part, however big or small over the last eleven years too.

But most importantly we say a massive thank you, to every one of the revellers helping to make Kendal Calling what it is!

Thanks, Andy, Ben & KC Team x



We wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all festival goers who have bought a #KC16 ticket!

We are extremely excited for this year’s festival, it’s 11th consecutive year sold out and can’t wait to be back in the fields.

With a Real Ale festival, our brand new The Emperor’s Gin Emporium, newly commissioned sculptures, performance art, talks, pop up cinema, huge headliners and our magical Garden of Eden, we know this year is going to be just as fun as the past ten years!

3 days and counting till we are back in the fields!

#seeyouinthefields Andy, Ben & The KC Team.

The Northern Festivals Network brings top quality performance art to Kendal Calling!

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Kendal Calling is not just about the music and this year we are pleased to have some fantastic art programming, which has been supported by The Northern Festivals Network and Arts Council England.

These walkabout family shows are not to be missed!

Walkabout shows include:

Reynard the Fox – is a new piece of engaging outdoor theatre for family audiences of all ages, using The Fabularium’s unique aesthetic, strong imagery and all performed upon their traditional wooden cart. It will feature storytelling, puppetry, original live music and The Fabularium’s bespoke animal headpieces. This production is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry University and the Social Enterprise Hub, Wandsworth Fringe, Warwick District Council and Just So Festival.

Raree Man’s Peepshow - The peepshow was one of the most popular forms of street entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries – not only depicting scenes for amusement, but often as away to educate, showcase exotic scenarios and present moral tales. An outdoor, storytelling show presented by The Raree Man (showman Tony Lidington) to a surrounding crowd, with a select, smaller group, able to view the animated scenes through the peepholes, just as they did in centuries gone by.

Copper dollar – is an award winning immersive performance company that has been producing shows since 2008!

Le Cheval Solitaire – Join us to enjoy the nostalgia of the fairground in this interactive treat for under 5’s and their

accompanying adults.

See you in the fields in 2 days!

Andy, Ben & The KC Team x

Water bar will keep festival goers hydrated!

United Utilities will be keeping festival goers at this year’s Kendal Calling well hydrated, with a free water bar.

The company, one of the main sponsors of this year’s festival at Lowther Deer Park,  will be providing free drinking water for revellers, and giving away 10,000 free reusable water bottles.

John Hilton, United Utilities’ Project Director for West Cumbria said: “We’re thrilled to be a supporter of this year’s Kendal Calling, and are looking forward to keeping everyone well hydrated with our free water bar.

“It’s been a tough year for Cumbria so far, with the area still recovering from the devastating floods at the start of the year. The festival is a welcome opportunity for people to let their hair down. We look forward to seeing everyone there!”

Check out our Kendal Calling Info Pack!


Getting ready for Kendal Calling?

We’ve popped together a very handy information pack so you have all the essential information you need!

Kendal Calling Info Pack

Before you set off on your journey to the fields please check out the travel page here for the most up to date travel information.

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We’ll see you in the fields in 3 days!

Andy, Ben & the KC Team x